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Māui-tinei-ahi is a fire-safety programme produced by Fire and Emergency New Zealand for year 1 and 2 students in Māori-medium classrooms. The resources align with Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (2008) and Te Aho Matua.

The Māui-tinei-ahi programme was developed by kaiako, kaiāwhina, Māori Liaison, firefighters, and other educators.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand wants to show how behaviours of students and families are changing as a result of taking part in the Get Firewise and Māui-tinei-ahi programmes, specifically in relation to the three fire safety learning outcomes.

We aim to do this by capturing diagnostic and summative assessment data on each of the outcomes listed below – activities for each of these are provided. Kaiako may choose to use one or more of the simple activities to assess their class against each outcome. You may choose to use the same or different activities for diagnostic and summative assessment.

The outcomes we are assessing on in these activities are:

  • Students understand that fire can be dangerous.
  • Students show they know how to prevent fires starting.
  • Students show they know how to get themselves out of a burning building quickly and safely to a safe meeting place.

Māui-tinei-ahi is a flexible programme and can be used as a short-term topic using literacy and topic time over two or three weeks. It can also be used as a whole term topic using an inquiry learning approach.

Ka ora a Tamati The Ka Ora a Tāmati me Mokopeke i te Ahi (big picture book) is one integral component of the Māui-tinei-ahi resource. The story reinforces key fire-safety messages.

Firefighter visit

While the Māui-tinei-ahi programme is designed to be delivered solely by teachers. The firefighter visit is a structured presentation to the class that summarises and reinforces the key learning in the Māui-tinei-ahi. It is usually about 30 to 45 minutes.

A firefighter presentation supports, but it is not a substitute for, the learning programme. Students must have completed the Māui-tinei-ahi programme before a firefighter can visit.

The presentation is designed around gaining responses from students and must be delivered to one class at a time to be effective. The firefighters will not deliver presentations to groups of classes because the student's retention of safety behaviours is compromised.

You may request a firefighter visit through your local station or contact form.


  1. Te tere o te ahi
  2. Waiata - TERE Puta Atu!
  3. Waiata - TERE Puta Atu! (Kāore he kuputuhi i raro)
  4. Te tinei ahi
  5. Ka Ora a Tāmati me Mokopeke i te Ahi
  6. Ngā whakaahua o Māui-tinei-ahi


Te Pukapuka Ārahi i te Kaiako (an educator’s guide)

NOTE: this refers to our old website www.getfirewise.org - this now redirects to fireandemergency.nz/getfirewise

Ka Ora a Tāmati me Mokopeke i te Ahi/Kia Tūpato ki te Ahi (a big book)
Set of nine large fire-safety photograph cards
Get Down,   Get Low, Get Out – FAST frieze
Ka Ora a Tāmaiti me Mokopeke i te Ahi [Youtube]
Te Kohinga Karetao Matua nō Māui-tinei-ahi, paper-puppet masters (3 sets)
Māui, Mahuika, and the Gift of Fire frieze
Tere Puta Atu!’ song poster
Eight fridge magnets that can be arranged into a fire-safety story
Haumaru Ō Tamariki i te Ahi, a guide for whānau
Ten-track DVD for whānau [Order only with resource kit]
Safe Meeting Place Sticker
Māui-tinei-ahi certificate
Draft letter to students' whanau